- Food « The Cookies Are Not from 7-11!
On April 18, 2012 Gov. Mitt Romney
held a roundtable discussion at the Bethel Park Community Center in
Bethel Park (Pittsburgh), PA. KDKA's political editor Jon Delano
on the event. "Escorted by four couples from the area,
Gov. Mitt Romney sat down at a picnic table in Bethel Park with
lemonade and cookies." A pleasant scene. Next the Delano's
showed Romney making some small talk...
Romney: I'm not
sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made
them. Did you make those cookies? You didn't, did
you? No, no. They came from the local...
Romney: 7-11 bakery
Delano resumed his narration,
"Turns out they were from the popular Bethel Bakery but no matter, the
Governor used Tax Day to oppose the president's plan to hike the upper
income tax rate."
Delano focused the final minute
and a half of the
story on Romney's remarks and the discussion, although he could not
resist a light note at the end, observing, "By
the way the
campaign did share those cookies with some of the reporters afterwards
and they were terrific, as they always are from that Bethel
Later, appearing on Marty Griffin's KDKA
radio show Delano jokingly
referred to "Cookiegate." A while later, in a tweet, Delano notes
that the story "seems to have gotten some legs." Bethel Bakery
jumped in, offering a "CookieGate Special," a half a dozen free cookies
for customers who buy a dozen cookies. The Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette ran a story, "Bethel
runs 'CookieGate' special
after Romney diss." DNC rapid response helpfully forwarded that
story on to other media. One thing led to another; major news
outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and CNN picked up the story
(prompting Delano to comment that it must have been a slow news day).
The whole episode, silly as it is, shows how In the modern media environment, even a minor and trivial statement can get blown out of proportion—way, way out of proportion. The Romney campaign's event was supposed to focus attention on Obama's handling of the economy, but Cookiegate went viral and completely that swept away.
Meanwhile Democrats and
their allies found in Cookiegate another opportunity to bolster
their narrative that Romney is out of touch:
Following Romney Insult, PA Democrats Pick Up Cookies
from Bethel Bakery for Public Taste Test and to Serve at County Dem
Jefferson Jackson Dinner Tonight
week, Mitt Romney made national headlines when he insulted
the cookies from a beloved Pittsburgh area bakery. Today, Nancy
Allegheny County Democratic Party Chair and Pittsburgh area
will host a cookie taste test in Market
Square in Pittsburgh in support
of locally owned businesses. Bethel Bakery cookies will also
at the Allegheny County Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
a roundtable in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Romney managed to
simultaneously insult a respected local business and 7-Eleven. Romney
said, "I'm not sure about these cookies," and teased one the roundtable
participants, saying "Did you make those cookies? You didn't, did you?
No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever." Romney's
insult has been a topic of conversation in Pittsburgh and been widely
covered in local and national news. Read here: LINK, LINK and LINK.
Public Cookie Taste Test Competition
WHO: Nancy Mills and local democrats
WHERE: Market Square
WHEN: 1:00 pm
Allegheny County Democrats
- Americans United for Change
Sent out a release
insults local PA bakers." The release noted, "It’s a gaff [sic]
that doesn’t quite
crack the “Top-25
List of Mitt Romney’s All-Time, Out-of-Touch, 1% Moments” but does
rank highly among the lamest jokes Romney has attempted to make on the
trail and is the latest to
insult average Americans…